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Food, Fitness, Entertainment Firms Will Save Houston Shopping Centers, Says InterFace Panel

HOUSTON — As brick-and-mortar retailers such as Sears, Macy’s and hhgregg continue to shutter stores throughout the country at a furious pace, Houston developers are rapidly warming to the idea of anchoring their shopping centers with restaurants, fitness centers and entertainment-based businesses. Retail executives throughout the Houston area convened at the InterFace Houston Retail conference on April 18 to discuss the impact of this trend and others on the metro’s retail real estate..

April 27, 2017

The Current and Future State of Class B Regional Malls

There's no question that regional malls, especially those outside major metropolitan areas, are feeling the brunt of market disruption. The brick-and-mortar retail environment has long been fighting the battle against e-commerce encroachment, shifting consumer habits and changing demographics. In the last five years, based on CoStar data: Retail rents in general have grown only 1 percent on average annually since 2011 while multifamily and office rents have seen 5 percent increases during..

April 25, 2017

M&M: Job Growth Fuels Bright Outlook for Hotels in 2017

Hoteliers are poised to see higher revenues in 2017, thanks in large part to the shrinking national unemployment rate, according to a new report from Marcus & Millichap titled “U.S. Hospitality Investment Forecast.” The unemployment rate, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports fell 20 basis points to 4.5 percent in March, is powering hospitality forecasts in several ways. Most fundamentally, as the economy expands and more jobs are created, wages begin to increase,..

April 20, 2017

Growth of U.S. Office Market Continues to ‘Disappoint,’ Says Reis

One measurement of the health of the U.S. office sector stood out in the first quarter of this year. Net absorption totaled 4.9 million square feet, down from an average of 9.4 million square feet per quarter in 2016 and the lowest since 2014. In short, growth in the office sector “continued to disappoint,” according to Reis. The New York City-based real estate research firm, which tracks 82 markets nationally, recently released its analysis of the property sector’s vital signs in the..

April 18, 2017

Business Parks Energize the Lone Star State

Speculative development and e-commerce tenant demands are driving forces in Dallas and Houston’s industrial markets. By Brian Lee The biggest developments in the biggest state in the lower 48 are making big news: industrial business parks in Texas’ top markets continue to show strong development and leasing activity. Cushman & Wakefield shared a “very encouraging” industrial outlook on the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. With slightly less than 24 million square feet of..

April 15, 2017

Apartment Locators, Property Managers in Houston Cash In On Rent Slump, Say InterFace Panelists

HOUSTON — While it’s not an ideal time to be a multifamily property owner in Houston, it is a good time to be working on behalf of one. With their clients sitting on excess supply, apartment locators — middlemen who match tenant preferences to properties — are being increasingly called upon to deliver tenants. Locators work on commission, typically earning about 20 percent of the first month’s rent for their services. But in Houston’s soft market, that figure is rapidly..

April 13, 2017

Reis: Despite Bankruptcies, Retail Vacancy Holds Steady, Rents Increase

NEW YORK CITY — Despite a rash of bankruptcies and store closures by major retailers during the first quarter of 2017, the U.S. retail market overall is quite healthy, according to a report by Reis, a New York-based commercial real estate analytics firm. To gather its data, Reis tracked multi-tenant neighborhood and community shopping centers of 10,000 square feet or larger in 77 primary metro areas throughout the United States. Last week, Payless ShoeSource became the 10th retailer to..

April 12, 2017

InterFace Student Housing Brings Industry Executives to Austin

AUSTIN, TEXAS  — Over 1,200 leaders from across all facets of the student housing industry descended on Austin last week for the 9th annual InterFace Student Housing conference, held at the J.W. Marriott. The conference concluded April 7 after two-and-a-half days of networking and educational sessions on topics ranging from the state of the industry, to leasing and marketing, development and design. While the industry is evolving, sunny skies continue to be the forecast for years to..

April 11, 2017

M&M: Despite Department Store Closings, Retail Sales Boosted by Three Significant Trends

Retail sales vaulted 4.4 percent in 2016, driven by consistent job growth, wage growth and high consumer confidence, according to a research brief from Marcus & Millichap. These three trends have fostered a strong retail consumption environment that will continue to support retail center performance. Consistent job growth saw the addition of 2.4 million workers in 2016. Wage growth has averaged 2.3 percent annually and consumer confidence has remained near decade highs. Obscuring the..

April 6, 2017

Millennials in Houston Multifamily Driver’s Seat, Say InterFace Panelists

Tenant concessions, ranging from free rent to complimentary carpet cleanings to distribution of gift cards, have become the norm in Houston’s multifamily market over the last few years. And according to several industry experts who spoke at the InterFace Houston Multifamily Conference on March 28, it’s the millennials who are taking advantage of them. Houston has become an especially attractive destination for millennials in recent years. According to a survey by JAXUSA Partnership,..

April 4, 2017